Federal budget survives first vote in Parliament

OTTAWA — The Harper government’s budget has survived its first test.

OTTAWA — The Harper government’s budget has survived its first test.

The House of Commons voted 262-37 today to reject an NDP sub-amendment.

The sub-amendment would have forced the minority Conservative government to make several changes, including eliminating tax benefits to big corporations.

Only the NDP supported the proposed change.

The House is now voting on a Bloc amendment that would stop tax benefits to the oil industry and improve EI benefits among other things.

The Liberals — who are not pushing for a spring election — didn’t bother to introduce an amendment.